CSIRO scientist wins prestigious ‘Clean Air Medal’
The premier award of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) – the ‘Clean Air Medal’ – has been awarded to Dr Peter Manins of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Melbourne.
Last awarded in 2002, the Medal has only been presented 14 times in the Society’s 40-year history.
Dr Manins received the award for: “Distinction in the atmospheric sciences”, at a dinner at the World Clean Air Congress in Brisbane last night.
“He has been a leader in the development of Australian air-quality science for over 30 years and has been instrumental in many significant research developments, as well as a mentor to numerous young scientists,”
Dr Kuschel said.
In making the presentation, CASANZ President Dr Gerda Kuschel said: “Dr Manins is an extremely deserving recipient who has devoted his career to the science of air quality and environmental protection.”
Dr Manins is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, with internationally recognised expertise in air pollution meteorology and modelling. He has been an expert advisor on several public infrastructure projects and major industrial developments, including Sydney’s Lane Cove Tunnel.
He also led the major Latrobe Valley Airshed Study in the 1980s and has worked as an international advisor for the World Health Organisation, the UK Science Council and the World Meteorological Organisation.
Dr Manins founded CSIRO’s Environmental Consulting Research Unit in 1989 – based on advanced air pollution modelling – and led CSIRO's air pollution program from the mid-1990s.
“He has been a leader in the development of Australian air-quality science for over 30 years and has been instrumental in many significant research developments, as well as a mentor to numerous young scientists,” Dr Kuschel said.
She said the World Clean Air Congress in Brisbane was a significant event for Australia and the Society. The rights to host the conference were won by CASANZ from the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations (IUAPPA) – a body with 37 member countries and 60,000 members. Only held every three years, it is one of the major forums for international air-quality scientists to meet and discuss their progress. This year the conference is being attended by over 400 delegates from 15 countries.
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